In an intense tug of war featuring Hollywood superstar Kevin Costner and his ex-wife, Christine Baumgartner, a major clash has emerged over financial matters. Baumgartner has recently made some striking allegations against Costner, asserting that he had abruptly canceled her credit card and significantly lowered the limit on another.
Dispute Over Credit and Child Support
Baumgartner, a renowned designer, disclosed in a June 28 filing that Costner had axed one of her credit cards and substantially reduced the credit limit on another one, without any advance notice. "He canceled one of my credit cards, and significantly lowered the limit on my second credit card, far below the status quo levels, all without any prior notice," said Baumgartner.
This dispute comes hot on the heels of her earlier accusation that Costner belittled her with an offer of $30,000 a month in child support. Responding to these allegations in a June 30 declaration obtained by Insider, Costner argued, "Christine says I have not maintained the status quo because I canceled one of her credit cards and because I put a limit on the use of the credit card she uses." He further explained, "I agreed to maintain the status quo with respect to our children.
I have done so. I have continued to pay for all of the children's expenses since Christine filed for divorce. Christine does not claim that the children's expenses have not been paid."
Prenuptial Agreement and Alimony Claims
The actor cited the need for a reasonable limitation on credit card usage as his reason behind these actions. "It was then that I made the decision that there needed to be some reasonable limitation on the use of the credit cards," he stated, adding that his lawyer had duly notified her lawyers about the same.
Further fuel was added to the fire when, following Baumgartner's filing for divorce last month, Costner made a request for Christine to vacate his home. He referenced their prenuptial agreement, which requires him to move out 30 days after the start of the divorce proceedings.
Baumgartner countered, accusing Costner of attempting to force her and their children out of their shared residence before alimony was decided. This comes after her bold demand that Costner pay an exorbitant $248,000 a month in child support, a steep rise from the previously suggested $30,000.